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Bengals O-line minus one after preseason injury

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Bengals O-line minus one after preseason injury

Do you think maybe the Bengals now wish Bobbie Williams hadnt departed for the Ravens?

Guard Travelle Wharton, who signed with Cincinnati as a free agent this off-season, suffered a knee injury early in Friday nights preseason opener with the Jets and apparently will be out for the season.

Second-year lineman Clint Boling is taking Whartons place, at least for now.

Speaking of the Bengals, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis reportedly called his Jets counterpart, Rex Ryan, and asked him not to run the wildcat offense in Fridays game. Ryan agreed to his request.

This wasnt necessarily some kind of special deal because the two were together on the Ravens defensive coaching staff from 1999 to 2001. NFL.com reports such arrangements arent uncommon during preseason games.

Quick review of rookie Brandon Weedens first appearance as Browns quarterback: nice arm strength, rookie mistakes. Though Weeden completed a couple of line-drive passes, he lost a fumble on a sack and threw an interception. NFL.com wrote: The challenge in naming Weeden the starter before the preseason comes down to playing time. Weeden needs plenty of it, but the Browns aren't about to risk injury to the man they've tabbed their franchise passer.

The Steelers lost their No. 1 fullback for the season when David Johnson apparently tore his ACL in Fridays game. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers will look elsewhere for a new top fullback.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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